Eastern promise

Silvestre chats about his potential move to India

Last Updated: 27/10/12 2:31pm

Mikael Silvestre told Soccer AM that he is looking forward to a potential Indian odyssey.

"I haven't been to Mumbai before so it will be an adventure."

Mikael Silvestre

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The former Manchester United and Arsenal defender, who left Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen at the end of the 2011-12 campaign revealed that he has been in talks over signing for Mumbai-based outfit Dodsal FC, who were only formed earlier this year.

And Silvestre, who has also donned the shirts of Inter Milan and Rennes, says that if a deal for him to move to Asia is concluded he hopes to help the club grow on and off the pitch.

"I have been in contact with a Dodsal FC but I am waiting for things to develop," said the Frenchman, who has earned 40 international caps for Les Bleus.

"I haven't been to Mumbai before so it will be an adventure and, as a new club, it is starting from the ground and is something to build up."


Silvestre has been training with Manchester United in his bid to maintain fitness and says he loves being part of the Old Trafford fraternity once again, albeit for a temporary period.

"I'm living in Manchester with the family and I have been training with United," said the 35-year-old. "I am very lucky to be back with the Reds and it hasn't changed too much.

"I try to turn up on time and do my stretching before and after and when I am with the lads it is fantastic. There is a lot of work going on on buildings - but there are still the same ugly old faces!"

Silvestre also revealed that he would like to take up a management role in the future, possibly with Dodsal FC, and says he has learnt plenty from his time working under Man United chief Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

"I would take the best bits from both of them and it wouldn't be a bad combination," he added. "They have a mentality, a work ethic and they are both winners, although one is winning more than the other."

"Ferguson is always open to discussion but he has the last word. He can shout at young players but also to Giggsy and Scholesy (Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes) and that's what you need."

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